Verizon to offer Kansas and Missouri customers network test drive program

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Verizon has officially confirmed that they will be offering a test drive program for their network to customers in some states, similar to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier move. Apparently, Big Red has been quietly running this program for about a year in Kansas and Missouri. Customers were allowed to test out a smartphone or data device for a week to test if they liked Verizon’s service and network, although very recently that program has been limited to just data devices. » Read the rest

Samsung’s Q2 profits dip, falling short of analyst expectations by nearly $1 billion

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Samsung’s Q2 earnings are in, and once again, they’ve fallen short of analyst expectations. Samsung plans to bring in about 7.2 trillion won, or $7.1 billion, which is quite a bit lower than the expected 8.1 trillion won ($8 billion). That’s a 24% decrease year-over-year for Samsung. Now, making over $7 billion in profit is still great for any company, but it’s still about $1 billion away from what the company was expected to bring in from the quarter.  » Read the rest

LG releases and details G Pad 10.1, including specs and new software features

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LG had detailed their recently announced G Pad 10.1, including what software features it’s going to borrow from the G3 and the hardware that powers the 10-inch tablet. Unfortunately, the hardware doesn’t match what you’ll find in the G3, but many of the best software features are present.

The tablet will come preloaded with “the best of the G Series premium UX,” including Touch and Shoot camera and selfie gestures, the G3′s smart keyboard, and dual-window mode for taking advantage of the larger 10-inch screen. We’ll also see the new QPair 2.0, which can sync up the G Pad with your phone and see all of your calls and texts on your tablet without ever touching your phone, and KnockOn, which is one of the coolest security features on LG’s products. » Read the rest

AT&T LG G3 and G Watch will go on sale July 11th, pre-orders open tomorrow

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AT&T has finally announced some availability for LG’s latest flagship device, the G3. The carrier is opening up pre-orders for the G3 tomorrow, and the device will officially be available this coming Friday on July 11th. The two-year contract price is $199, and the Next installment plans put the device at about $600 over two years.

Not only will AT&T carry the G3, but they’re also offering a special deal if you plan on buying a G Watch, too. If you’re purchasing a G3 with a two-year contract or installment plan, they’ll knock 50% off of the companion smartwatch. Since the G Watch is an Android Wear device, it won’t be locked to just the G3, so it will still function even if you swap out phones down the line. Pricing for the G Watch is $229, so you can snag one for $115 if you take advantage of the bundle deal.

Are you going to be picking up a G3 this Friday, or are you waiting for something else to be announced later this year? » Read the rest

[App Review] Take control of your mobile data with the redesigned My Data Manager 4.0

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Not too long ago, we went over some of the best apps available for monitoring how much data you use per month on your smartphone. On that list, we featured My Data Manager, which was a fully featured and well designed data monitoring tool. Just a few weeks ago, My Data Manager was updated to version 4.0, bringing a brand new interface and several new features that give you more control over how you keep up with your monthly usage. Since it was a pretty big update, we decided now would be the perfect time to give My Data Manager an in-depth review.

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Google preemptively prepares for the Terminator apocalypse with robots.txt Easter egg

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20 years ago, the robots.txt file was created as a way to limit what web  crawlers would and would not index. The file disallows certain pages on a web  site from being indexed, and therefore keeping it out of search results. And, like any other anniversary of something related to technology, Google is taking the opportunity to make a clever joke with it.

Google has uploaded a robots.txt file to their servers that can be found at Google.com/killer-robots.txt with instructions for the inevitable Terminator-style doomsday scenario. The file lists two user agents, the T-800 and T-1000, and instructs them to “disallow” the deaths of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. If you’re a fan of the Terminator movies, you’ll notice both of those user agents are also Terminator models. » Read the rest

ASUS has high hopes for their upcoming smartwatch

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It’s no secret that ASUS has a smartwatch in development, as we’ve heard several promising rumors about the device. ASUS chairman really believes the smartwatch will be great, too, judging from his comments about it earlier today.

Chairman Jonney Shih discussed the trade offs that have to be made in a smartwatch, including form factor, size, and price and how focusing on different aspects of a device can make or break its success. He says the ASUS design team has learned a lot about smartwatches in their design process, and if the early rumors about how thin and affordable the device is pan out, there’s a good chance ASUS will have a hit product on their hands. » Read the rest

More details on HTC Volantis surface, Boomsound speakers 64 GB of storage on board

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More details have surfaced about HTC’s rumored upcoming Nexus tablet. The rumors confirm a few things we’ve already heard, but don’t match up with others. According to @evleaks, we should expect the Volantis to launch with an all-aluminum body and Boomsound speakers, both of which are HTC’s biggest marketing features right now. The screen resolution is also pegged at 2560 x 1600, which is a much more common aspect ratio than what we previously heard. » Read the rest

SuperSU 2.01 update gets support for Android L Developer Preview

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Chainfire’s SuperSU app has been updated today to build in support for the Android L developer preview. Before now, rooting the developer preview involved a few workarounds with custom boot images so root permissions should work properly, but that should all be fixed up now.

If you’ve been using the L developer preview, have you tried rooting it yet, or are you fine with using a non-rooted device?

source: XDA Developers